- The Cableway Charity Challenge is once again set to raise funds for different organisations in need.
- This year due to the pandemic, the event is being done virtually.
- Event organisers aim to raise R1m in funds this year.
The annual Cableway Charity Challenge which kicked off this past weekend is once again set to raise funds for various organisations in dire need in the greater Cape Town area.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the event this year is going virtual with a total of 137 athletes already taking part in a nine-day walk/run uphill on Table Mountain.
The virtual event is encouraging locals to support and sponsor participants to do as many laps as possible up Platteklip Gorge, summiting Table Mountain and descending from the top using the cable car.
To track their progress, participants will be able to use the free to use mobile app Strava to record the laps that they have done.
Managing Director of the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company, Wahida Parker (CORR), said the Table Mountain Cableway Charity Challenge was a perfect illustration of how people could connect with each other at virtual and hybrid events in a socially distanced manner.
Cableway charity challenge.Supplied
"While we wait for South Africa to reach herd immunity against Covid-19, the online event revolution has made it possible for participants to connect with each other, and for people to live stream and engage in events.
"The initiative is a testimony of individual endurance and the power of collaboration. The event has made a significant impact on the lives of those less fortunate and is only possible because of the combined effort of everyone involved," Parker said.
Since its inception in 2009, the Cableway Charity Challenge has raised more than R6 million for a variety of well-established local NGOs that include Wilderness Search and Rescue, Ons Plek, Home from Home and the Cape Town Environmental Education Trust (CTEET). This year the funds raised will be split amongst the different organisations identified by the organisers.
Treasurer for the JDI Foundation Trust - the official organiser of the race Tracy Le Roux - said there have already been over 672 laps.
The camaraderie shown over the past few days had been very overwhelming and the goal of reaching the R1 million mark looked promising, said Le Roux.
A competitor in the Cableway charity challenge.Supplied
"The support has been incredible, and we cannot be more grateful," said Le Roux.
Andrea Scheepers, who scored the highest laps amongst the females since the event started, said she had no problem signing up for the challenge since she absolutely loved being on the mountain and doing these laps were like second nature to her.
"This is my first time doing the Cableway Challenge, and because I'm always on the mountain this challenge wasn't difficult for me to do at all. Coming down with the cable car after every lap is really amazing."
"The staff at Table Mountain are phenomenal, their energy is fantastic and they always ready to make conversation as we travel down with the cable car," she said.
To ensure that all participants were kept safe, Covid-19 related protocols are in place for all trips on the Cableway.
The event is set to end on Sunday, 18 April.